8 Things I Am Going to Do to Create The Life I Love

8 Things I Am Going to Do to Create The Life I Love

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Be your own definition of amazing, always.

Nikita Gill

As we are approaching the end of the year many of us are reflecting on the choices that we have made in 2018, and maybe even the choices we want to make in 2019. So with that being said, something that I think goes well with reflecting is having a journal to look back on, or even to keep you on track with the goals that you have or will be creating for yourself. I was given a special journal on my birthday, and I just really wanted to share it with you all, because it has honestly been an eye opening experience. The questions that it asks you are very personal, but I have been sharing some of them with you all lately. The one that I would like to share with you all today is, “What would my version of having an amazing life look like for me.”  Once I put this list on paper I realized that my dream life is actually very achievable, and although I am a simple minded person, your amazing life may not be as far away as you thought. 

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My Amazing Life

  1. In my amazing life I would be debt free, and by debt free I mean all of my credit cards would be paid off. The only debt I am willing to be in is on my mortgage.  (I am currently $3,000 of debt, therefore, if I follow the Dave Ramsey Plan, then I should be out of debt within a year or two.)
  2. I would go on vacation two times a year. Once with my husband and once with my family. (This will be achievable once I am out of debt.)
  3. I would run my own small online business and sell organic made products and T-shirts. (My plan is to have $1000 saved before I start my business. Hopefully I can do this within three to four years.)
  4. I want to give 20% of my business to the Anti-Human Trafficking Association.
  5. I want to have an Associates Degree in Marketing. (I’m already planning on starting back school in the Spring Semester, and I should graduate by 2020, if it’s God’s will for my life.)
  6. I want to start a successful small group with Church of The Highlands.(I’m actually working on that right now with someone, and hopefully it will happen in the Spring Semester.)
  7. I would love to coach and mentor other women through my blog, and help them grow into strong, beautiful independent, and ambitious women, or more so help them to see that they already are. 
  8. I want to start a Paleo Diet, and stick to it. ( This can happen, but I gotta make it happen.) 
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After writing these aspirations down on paper I began to see what my life could really look like, if I have a goal and I work hard to make these these things happen. My challenge to you is to write as many things that you would like to see happen in your life in 2019, and discover for yourself that anything is possible. Actually why wait until 2019 when you can create the life you were meant for now. If you would like to purchase this journal I will leave the link below. It has great writing prompts, and quotes throughout the journal. This is your story. What’s it going to be?

Discover Your Passion

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The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.

-Fabienne Fredrickson

Hey, you! I still cannot believe that we are approaching the last month of 2018. And I can’t help but ask myself, “What have I actually accomplished this year?” If I’m being honest with myself I feel as though I wasted a lot of time, and money, and that’s not the greatest feeling in the world. It’s okay to look back, because then you have to hold yourself accountable for the person you are today. Instead of waiting until 2019 to get started on our goals and dreams, why not get a head start and do it now? With that being said, I am going to challenge myself, and I am also going to challenge you. 

Your Challenge: Write down 10 things that you are most passionate about, and start working towards a goal. I believe that the things we are passionate about is our calling. God puts these desires in our heart for a reason. Just check out Jer. 29:11, if you don’t believe me, and Psalm 139:14. We are all unique, and we all have  been blessed with God given talents we just have to take that first call to action. 

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10 Things That I am Passionate About

  1. I am deeply passionate about having a relationship with Jesus. However, it is definitely something I need to work on. A lot of times I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that I forget to prioritize the most important thing in my life.
  2. I am deeply passionate about having a strong marriage. I believe that marriage has the power to change the world, for two are better than one. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  3. I am deeply passionate about being a loving mother. Why loving? Because I believe that love conquers all. John 3:16
  4. I am deeply passionate about helping others, and more specifically young moms who don’t know how to love themselves.
  5. I am passionate about giving even if I have nothing to give, because I know that God will supply all of my needs. Philippians 4:19
  6.   I am passionate about being financially free, and helping others to be financially free as well.
  7. I am passionate about feeling mentally and physically well.
  8. I am passionate about supporting small businesses, because I know how hard it is, and how much time and effort is put into it.
  9. I am really passionate about minimalism. I want on simplify my life, and only focus on the things that matter. 
  10. I am really passionate about the art of Hygge. I want others to feel welcomed and cozy at my home. 

If you are interested in learning more about Hygge, then I recommend getting this book. It goes deep into the history of Hygge, and teaches you how to do it. I purchased it myself, and I find it worth the investment, so click the photo below to find out more!

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I really hope you all enjoyed this topic. Let me know if you did the challenge, and comment your passions below, if you would like to share. I would love to hear from you all. Don’t forget to subscribe for more posts like these. Thank you!

Lauren S. Watkins

Why I Am Taking a Break From Instagram

Why I Am Taking a Break From Instagram

Hey y’all! I hope that you are all having a great start to this new week! So today I am going to be talking about social media. There are pros and cons, and for me personally the cons have been outweighing the pros these past few months. I’m talking about like I have been getting seriously depressed and finding myself losing a part of me that I don’t want to lose, so for that reason I will not be using Instagram again until New Years. The struggles of social media can very from person to person. For me Facebook does not have that affect on me, but for others Facebook may be their biggest weakness. So how can you know when It’s time to step back from the social media platform? Here are three ways that you can know when to take a break, or if it’s serious enough get rid of it completely. 

1. If you find yourself getting lost on social media for hours.

Social media can be really time-consuming, and if I am not careful I can allow it to take over my life. Obsessing over social media Isn’t healthy or beneficial. Once I found myself checking my Instagram every five minutes I knew that I needed a change.

2. When you allow it to affect your relationships.

The other night I had some lovely company over at my house, and instead of being fully present with them I found myself editing a picture to post on Instagram. And later I thought to myself, “Wow, Lauren, quality friends are few and you choose to spend time on your phone with people who probably could care less about you, rather than spending time with the ones who made an effort to be there for you.” If you can relate to this, then maybe it’s time to realize how toxic social media can be, if you allow it.  Personally, I don’t think social media is worth hurting my relationships. 

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3. Comparison 

I can never say this enough. Comparison is the thief of joy. When you can compare yourself and your relationships to other people it can cause so much damage to yourself and to others. Here are a few ways it has affected me in a negative way.

. It made me lose my self-confidence. This was a wake up call that helped me to see that I needed to take a break from social media. 

. It caused me to be someone I’m not. Losing yourself on social media can be very easy to do. Instagram can be a people pleasing platform if you are not careful. Just don’t lose sight of who you are, and don’t lower your values just to get an extra like. It’s not worth it. 

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. It hurt my relationships. I would compare my relationship with my spouse to other relationships. A great way to destroy your man is by telling him what another man is doing right, and what he isn’t doing right. Don’t do that. So what that guy bought flowers every week for his girlfriend. Your man stayed up with you all night when you lost your pet. Did you forget about that? I know it happens, but don’t let it. Realize what you already have before it’s too late. 

If any of these things sound like what you are experiencing, please take serious consideration about what you are gaining and what you are losing from social media. Do the pros outweigh the cons? If not, then maybe it’s time for a break. Please let me know your thoughts on this topic, and feel free to share it by using one of the shareable buttons! Thank you,

Lauren S. Watkins

An Apology Letter to My Husband

An Apology Letter to My Husband

Dear Husband, I apologize for failing you as your wife. These last three months that you have been gone training to serve our country, I have had time to reflect on the wife that I have become. There are things that I have done that have hurt you, and I just need you to know that this is not the wife I want to be. So to begin with I want to say I’m sorry for using my words as a weapon against you. I realize that words can be powerful, and yet many times  I have used them to discourage you rather then to build you up. Words can either bring life or death, and one too many times I have only brought destruction, but how easy it is, when something upsets me to spill words out without even thinking about what happens after I say those words. So today I want to change that. I want to start by encouraging you and bring the best out of you with my words. Second I want to stop putting pressure on you to meet my high expectations. I’m sorry, that when I took on this journey with you I thought I understood what I was saying, when I told you, “for better or for worst,” but in reality I thought that marriage was always going to be eating cake and laughter, so when the bills started pilling up, our child kept us up until 2AM, and you forgot to take out the trash my reaction proved that I didn’t truly mean the promise I made to you. Today I want to give God all of my expectations, and be grateful for the days when you did take the trash out for me. For the time I got sick, and you stopped working just to bring me Chicken Noodle Soup, and for the days that you cooked dinner for me, because you knew how tired I was as a young mother of a 3 month old boy. I want to cherish those moments, the beautiful and the ugly. Last of all I want to apologize for not protecting our marriage the way that God wants me too, and the way you need me too. Days get shorter, and so do my prayers for you. What God has given me I have taken for granted. So starting today I will pray for our marriage, and I will fight for us until my last breath. And when I look back on this day of reflection I want to be able to say, that I love you more then I did when I wrote this for you.